Though I’m not exactly a super sunny, glowy creator-of-life, I definitely place a certain value on being pregnant, knowing that this time is short-lived- just a blip on the old radar. One day, there’s a good chance I’ll struggle to remember what it felt like to get kicked in the ribs all night or fart on command. That’s why I’m all for commemorating your pregnancy in any way that is appealing to you, no matter how absurd. I mean, waddling around like a duck, knocking things over with your belly, taking eight trips to the bathroom in an hour- it’s all pretty ridiculous if you ask me. Why not throw in some of the fun stuff? Here are ten borderline ridiculous ways to commemorate your pregnancy whether it’s your first or your fifteenth (God help you).
A belly cast is a plaster mold made from an expecting mother’s beautiful pregnant belly. I thought you actually had to go somewhere to get this made but a quick google search gave me about a dozen options for at-home belly-casting kits from the likes of Amazon and Bed, Bath and Beyond. You can likely also find services in your area for someone (typically an artist or doula) who will come to your home and cast your belly for you. You can decorate the cast in any way you like and it makes a totally original and interesting conversation piece (to say the least) for your dining room wall.
While it may be challenging to paint your own belly (or at least certain parts of it) an artist or friend would probably love to make you their personal canvas. If you’ve already picked your baby’s name you can incorporate it into the design, or go with something a little tribal or goddessy. Whatever floats your bump. No matter what the design, the pictures will certainly be totally cool and frame-worthy.
3. Creating a photo book
Taking daily or weekly snapshots of your bump is a cool way to document your changing shape. Some of us have a hard time seeing any changes from months one through five and end up totally slacking off, which is why I am always jealous when people have the dedication (or memory) to do this throughout their pregnancy. When complete you can put all the pictures together in a Shutterfly or Snapfish book, the final image- your bundle of joy. Or fleshy sack where your bump used to be. You pick.
4. Making a YouTube video
Take the daily snapshots one step further and instead make them into a video like this one that just went viral. No you don’t have to write an original melody or cover a catchy tune to go with it but hey, it might just end up paying for the kid’s college tuition if you do!
5. Having a prenatal photoshoot
Though I was a little uncomfortable at first, at my photog friend’s insistence, this is one I did comply with during my first pregnancy. Not only are the photos the only decent ones I have of myself while pregnant, they also are lovely and artistic and were taken at the perfect point in my pregnancy to show my growing bond with my baby-to-be. The photo-shoot did however take an odd turn when my husband got involved and a fire was lit in the background. I think we were all aware that we had taken it one step too far. As a result we have one very “pregnancy photo-shoot” gone wrong image that sits on a shelf at my in-laws house and cracks me up every time I see it.